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Hannibal police officers testing wearable cameras

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From red light cameras to button cameras, the Hannibal Police Department is testing new cameras they can wear on their uniforms to protect both the officers and the public.

Now if people want to come to Hannibal Police Department to file a complaint, all police officers have to do is look at their camera to see what actually happened.

Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis gave a demonstration of how the camera works.  While the cameras cost about $100 a piece, Davis said the benefits can't be measured.

"But if it helps prove we get a complaint and it helps us disprove that complaint, or in the case if we did have an employee do something wrong it would prove that or help us document a scene that can be invaluable," he said.

But is this a good idea or an invasion of privacy? Rebecca Fuget said she likes the idea because it protects private citizens.

"I think it'll be a good idea, that way a police officer can't be abusive to somebody when they pull them over or be able to trespass their rules and regulations," she said.

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But others like Paula Stevenson said it's a gray area.

"I'm not against it but I'm not going to say I'm for it because I haven't been put in that situation yet, so until I'm put in that situation, I'm not going to say yes or no," she said.  

But Davis said this camera is a check on the police officer as much as the citizens, and people don't need to worry about videos leaking out.

"Anything that would be a privacy obviously would be protected but in the type of situations that we deal with it would be completely illegal and advantageous whether or not the officer did wrong," he said.  

Now Chief Davis said they hope to have those cameras for all police officers by the beginning of next year. 

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